Reporter killed as toll in Nigeria rallies over Shia leader rises

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Ibrahim Musa, president of the Media forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, said in a statement that trouble started when the police prevented the group who are on a peaceful protest from accessing their way in Abuja.

It was a second day of blood shed again in Abuja, the nation's capital as members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria clashed with the police at the popular Banex junction, Wuse 2.

‎The lawmakers also voted out a prayer by Mr Haman Hembe, asking the Federal Government to obey the order by various courts to release leader of the Islamic sect, Sheikh Ibraheem el-Zakzaky.

Umar was taken to a hospital where he died.

The Bayelsa-born political activist said security strategy in a crisis situation must be targeted to calm the situation and not shooting at protesters.

Since then, several protest marches by IMN supporters have led to violence with the police.

According to him, no past government has supervised the killing of her citizens directly or indirectly like the current administration.

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In October 2018, the IMN and human rights groups said, more than 40 people were killed when the security forces opened fire on crowds on the outskirts of the capital.

Another lawmaker, Linda Ikpeazu, made another prayer directing the Kaduna State Government to obey similar court orders.

The Shiite group has been vocal about its intention to keep protesting until El-Zakzaky is released from custody, especially due to his health problems. It is also on record that the leaders of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and their Muslim counterparts had visited General Buhari concerning this illegal detention and that of Col. Sambo Dasuki but the APC's government has consistently paid deaf ears to all their concerns.

The Inspector-General of Police (IG), Mohammed Adamu, condemned the protest and warned that the Force would no longer tolerate the activities of the group, declaring "enough is enough".

"We strongly dispute the claim by the police that the protesters shot at them because throughout our processions we have not been carrying any arms right from 2015 to date".

"If General Buhari's government could negotiate with Boko Haram, bandits and other dreaded groups, why is it hard for him to find solution yo the Shi'ites' agitation?"

El-Zakzaky was incarcerated by successive military governments. He also appealed to the global community to mount presure for the release of the Shiite leader.

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